School System Bans Bake Sales
May 9, 2012 by Bryan Nash
No more bake sales, no more treats, no more fundraisers, no more sweets.
In Massachusetts, bake sales and all other education related events that sell gooey goods will be a thing of the past come August 1.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is banning any fundraiser that might compete with a healthy school lunch. Instead of PTA apple pie, students will have to eat a regular apple. And booster club banana bread will be replaced by an ordinary peel-it-and-eat-it banana.
Initially, the ban will be in place immediately after, before and during school hours. But State officials would like to see the prohibition pushed to include all school functions—including community events, door-to-door sales and sporting events.
Lawmakers and advocates of the plan believe the ban will cut down on obesity.
“It’s the solution,” said Boston radio personality Jim Braude.
Not everyone thinks it is the solution. Some believe it is downright senseless. Parents and teachers alike argue that the fundraisers make money, and that’s what it’s all about.
“The goal is to raise money,” said parent Maura Dawley. “You’re going to be able to sell pizza. You’re not going to get that selling apples and bananas. It’s silly.”
Middleboro School Committeeman Brian Giovanoni weighed in on the obesity epidemic and the State’s proposal: “My concern is we’re regulating what people can eat, and I have a problem with that. I respect the state for what they’re trying to do, but I think they’ve gone off the deep end. I don’t want someone telling me how to do my job as a parent. … Is the commonwealth of Massachusetts saying our parents are bad parents?”